Two generations of jazz royalty collaborate on the new opera Iphigenia, a re-imagining of Euripides’ play Iphigenia in Aulis, with music composed by 11-time Grammy-winning composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and a libretto by four-time Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and vocalist esperanza spalding, who also stars in the lead role. The fully staged work is performed in its West Coast premiere by a 28-piece chamber ensemble with members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet at its center, plus a cast of nine vocalists and a chorus of 10 singers, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and with set design by iconic architect Frank Gehry.

Wayne Shorter
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Pictured: The West Coast premiere of Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding's Iphigenia takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Pictured: Wayne Shorter
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Esperanza Spalding
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Pictured: The West Coast premiere of Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding's Iphigenia takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Pictured: esperanza spalding
(credit: Carmen Daneshmandi)